Upon publication, BLACK SCAT REVIEW #14 quickly sold ten copies on Amazon and then was suddenly blocked from sale — “suppressed” by the printer without explanation. We raised holy hell but all that CreateSpace (Amazon’s printer) would tell us was that the issue “violated their policy.” So what did we do?
We found another printer.
Now you can see what all the fuss was about. The “Pure Lust” issue features art, fiction, and poetry by Tosh Berman, Tom Bussmann, Theodore Carter, Giada Cattaneo, Elna Holst, Monika Mori, Derek Pell, Eugene Schacht, Sybil Shwarzenberg, Mercie Pedro e Silva, Yuriy Tarnawsky, Mylene Viger, Tom Whalen, and Elizabeth Yoo.
BLACK SCAT REVIEW #14 — The “Pure Lust” Issue — was originally released on March 9, 2016 and was available for sale in the United States and Europe on Amazon. That is, until March 25 when – without warning or explanation – the printer, Createspace (owned by Amazon), blocked sales of the issue and listed it as “suppressed.”
On Amazon’s sales page the “buy now” button was removed and the issue listed as “Out of Print—Limited Availability.” Adding to the absurdity, a preview of the suppressed issue’s contents remained visible via Amazon’s “Look inside” feature.
Despite repeated attempts by the publisher to ascertain the reason behind this unwarranted act of censorship, Createspace has not responded. Customers who attempted to purchase the issue complained to Amazon directly, yet received no satisfactory response. One customer who managed to order a copy before the purchase button was removed was informed by a sales representative: “…I am personally following this issue. Once we get more information, I’ll write back and let you know… In an effort to compensate for this delay, I’ve upgraded the shipping method for this order to One-day shipping, at no extra charge.”
It is still not clear if the magazine will, in fact, ever be shipped.
Today, using an alternative printer (MagCloud), we’re releasing the complete and unexpurgated issue. Only modifications to formatting and the cover’s color have been made. The ISBN & barcode for the original release have been removed.
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO BUY A PRINT OR DIGITAL EDITION and find out what they didn’t want you to see.
SUPPORT YOUR FREE PRESS!
UPDATE: BLACK SCAT REVIEW #14 is listed as “Out of Print” on Amazon and has effectively been blocked from sales — without explanation This is the face of censorship in America, 2016.
As of 11:44 PM PST on March 24, our printer (CreateSpace) is listing the status of BLACK SCAT REVIEW #14 (The Pure Lust Issue) as “suppressed.” The issue appears to still be available on Amazon, but for how long is anyone’s guess. If you attempt (or have attempted) to purchase this issue and have a problem, please notify us via email at this LINK.
Stay tuned for details.